Today’s Birthdays: Harriet Beecher Stowe, 208; Che Guevara, 91; Donald Trump, 3.
Mason High School in Cincinnati will no longer recognize a class valedictorian or salutatorian, the better to protect student “mental wellness” from the rigors of competition.
In other news, Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., has named 44 valedictorians.
And one salutatorian.
News Headline: “GOP senator disinvited to Republican event over vote against Trump’s emergency declaration.”
The two seem more and more to go together these days.
News Headline: “Intel and the Department of Energy are building America’s first exascale supercomputer, a computer capable of a quintillion calculations per second.”
Aren’t we just taking the computer’s word for it?
Beware the ides of National Optimism Month.
The CIA’s Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications wants you to know:
+ ” ‘Data,’ ‘media,’ ‘criteria,’ ‘phenomena’ are plural and require plural verbs. . . . One never satisfies a criteria or observes a phenomena.”
+ “ ‘All right.’ Never ‘alright.’ ”
+ “ ‘Different from’ is correct; ‘different than’ is not.”
+ “ ‘Hanged’ is the past tense of hang when referring to an execution; ‘hung’ is the proper past tense in all other meanings.”
And keep in mind as you write:
You may be subject to enhanced editing.
WRITE TO QT: email@example.com
Howard Schultz, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, on his chances as an independent:
“There is a credible path for an independent to win more than the necessary 270 electoral votes — a key criteria in my consideration of whether to run.”
Another criterion might involve finding a candidate who knows the difference between singlular and plural.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “gild the lily,” but “paint the lily”?
WRITE TO QT: firstname.lastname@example.org
On this day 109 years ago Peter De Vries was born, and if you want to know why this writer is worth reading, consider:
“Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ”
Which isn’t to mention:
+ “The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”
+ “A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery. Today she would rate no better than a C-plus.”
+ “Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.”
+ “It is final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.”
A De Vries novel to start with is The Vale of Laughter.
You can work your way up to The Blood of the Lamb.
News Headline: “Donald Trump emerges as unexpected champion in White House for evangelicals.”
There seems to be a misunderstanding here.
Evangelicals may think Trump is speaking in tongues.
But he’s only trying to speak English.
Today’s Birthdays: Henry VII, 562; Clement IX, 319; Mustafa III, 202; Super Bowl XXIV, 29.